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Distribution, use and selection of nest type by Komodo Dragons

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posted on 2024-06-13, 09:41 authored by TS Jessop, J Sumner, H Rudiharto, D Purwandana, MJ Imansyah, JA Phillips
We report the abundance, patterns of distribution and physical characteristics of Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) nests on Komodo Island in Indonesia. A total of 46 Komodo dragon nesting sites were identified, of these 26 nests were considered active for the 2002/2003 season. The distribution of nests coincided with large coastal valleys in northern Komodo Island. There was a significant preference by breeding females to utilize the mound nests (61%) over both open hillside (19.5%) and ground nests (19.5%). Further, within these mound nests, females discriminated for nests based on habitat characteristics, especially sunlight exposure. The main implications for management and conservation drawn from this study is that there is a small number of females nesting annually on the largest island within Komodo National Park. Further, continuation of nesting surveys could provide a cost effective accurate way to gather important long term demographic information on this species.

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Journal

Biological conservation

Volume

117

Article number

5

Pagination

463-470

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0006-3207

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Elsevier Ltd.

Issue

5

Publisher

Elsevier

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